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Thank you

March 7th, 2012  |  Published in Cafes  |  10 Comments

La Monica cheese

There’s a J. D. Salinger story where a character gives someone an “unpretentious bouquet” of parentheses. They looked a little like this: {{{}}}}. In a semi-similar fashion, I’d like to say thanks with a picture of cheese (see above, and enjoy).

Thanks to all the people who have left extremely thoughtful and lovely messages since I was made redundant from my day job at Inside Out magazine. (Also, thank you ex-workplace for the nice farewell work lunch at Bread and Circus in Alexandria). Losing your job isn’t the greatest experience, but I’m choosing to see the upside to what’s ahead.


Also, thanks to all the people who noticed that I’ve started writing for Good Living in the Sydney Morning Herald. I’m now the section’s cafe reviewer and really enjoying it so far – the extra jolt from all that caffeine consumption is just an Energiser-Bunny kinda bonus. You can read my first review, on St. Jude in Redfern, online if you like. My most recent one, on PS Cafe in Dulwich Hill, was published in the newspaper this week; I’m not sure if it’ll get a second life on the web, but if you’re ever curious about the latest cafe I’ve been assigned, you can always pick up the Herald on Tuesdays. And if you do, here are some {{{}}}} as a thank-you from me …!



  1. LTL!!! Thank you for your thank you! Awesome times ahead! Great review!

  2. tori says:

    Congratulations! They should be thrilled to have you.

  3. Congratulations 😀 thats awesome news!!

  4. Viavattene says:

    Congratulations! 😀 Your new job sounds awesome! I really love your reviews, so it’s great that they’ll reach an even bigger audience. Lucky Herald for snagging you at the right time 🙂

  5. Wow that’s awesome dude! I hope this means endless free caffeine because that’s pretty nifty.

  6. Y says:

    Congrats on the new job!

  7. When one window closes, another one will always open up 🙂

  8. Hi Lee Tran,

    Sorry to hear of your old job, but super excited to hear of the new one!

    Loved the article in Tuesday’s Good Living. Can’t wait to see what’s next.


  9. vct says:

    You are possibly the sweetest person in the universe – saying thank you, when everyone needs to be thanking you for your consistent awesomeness. Love you and your work LTL, off to another unbearlable lightness recomendation tomorrow THANK YOU!!!! xx

  10. leetranlam says:

    Thank you for all the kindness!! The reviewing for SMH is just a little freelance gig, but it’s nice to encounter so much enthusiasm & generosity from everyone! Thank you & {{{{}}}}s aplenty.

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